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Week in: Kingdom of Belgians, Zoo Explained!, Julius Baer Art Prize showcase, Zalora Talks

Jovi Ho
Jovi Ho • 4 min read
Week in: Kingdom of Belgians, Zoo Explained!, Julius Baer Art Prize showcase, Zalora Talks
With Covid-19 restrictions back in place, enjoy the best in fresh produce, arts and fashion from the comfort of your home.
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With Covid-19 restrictions back in place, enjoy the best in fresh produce, arts and fashion from the comfort of your home


Kingdom of Belgians

LPB Market

Housed in 8 Rodyk — a condominium in Robertson Quay — Kingdom of Belgians, which opened last January, is a casual bistro by Belgium-born chef Emmanuel Stroobant. Together with head chef Lai Jia Yi, the team has launched a selection of hearty Belgium specialties for takeaways and deliveries for guests to enjoy in the comfort of their homes.

With the recent restrictions on dining, why not try your hand at whipping up something at home. Kingdom of Belgians has partnered with fine food gourmet grocer LPB Market (formerly La Petite Boutique) to offer a new store showcasing premium French groceries that are available both for online retail and at the restaurant. The store will house more than 50 different types of cheeses along with other quality products like charcuterie, fresh dairy, meat and wines. Shop the items online at Island wide delivery is available.


Walk on the wild side

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Go behind the scenes and interact virtually with the humans and animals from Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Hello From The Wild Side returns for a second season with a newly curated Zoo Explained! segment, which offers limited edition content every month.

Running from May 22 to Dec 31, this live, virtual experience is a unique opportunity to discover the big personalities of the zoo’s animal family. For just $10, spend 20 minutes with the individuals involved in the day-to-day care of animals to keep them happy and healthy.

In the first session of Zoo Explained!, meet the playful Emperor Tamarins from River Safari and their dedicated keeper Ken who will answer all your burning questions about the intelligent and inquisitive animals. Visit and be sure to check regularly to keep updated on new content.


Next generation art

Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize

Swiss bank Julius Baer launched the inaugural Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize with an open call to Southeast Asian artists aged 18 to 40 to send in their digital art creations in the form of still or moving images. At the closing bell, the art prize received a total of 204 entries.

The Art Prize is for two categories of Digital Art: ‘Still Images’ (digital photography) and ‘Moving Images’ (video art). Three winners were selected from either category, receiving cash prizes of US$15,000, US$10,000 and US$5,000 respectively.

The winners for the ‘Still Images’ category are Shwe Wutt Hmon (Myanmar), Robert Zhao (Singapore) and Fajar Riyanto (Indonesia) while Mark Chua and Lam Li-Shuen (Singapore), Khiev Kanel (Cambodia) and Arief Budiman (Indonesia) walked away with the prizes for the ‘Moving Images’ category.

A showcase of the finalists is now showing online from April 30 to June 30 at


The new style

Zalora, Asia’s leading fashion and lifestyle e-commerce platform, has officially launched Zalora Talks, a new podcast series around the latest trends in the fashion and lifestyle scene. The first of its kind in the region’s e-commerce space, Zalora Talks comes as part of the company’s plans to further grow its content marketing strategy this year.

Hosted by the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia Amy Yasmine, Zalora Talks brings together industry experts and brand partners to discuss trending issues around lifestyle, health and wellness, fashion and beauty, as well as current events like the new realities of celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri during the pandemic.

The podcast will feature personalities like stylist Laureen Uy, TV host and entrepreneur Yumika Hoskin, model Natalie Prabha, Singapore national swimmer Kimberley Chan and Wanderlust & Co founder Jenn Low, among others.

The series will comprise two seasons annually, with six 45-minute episodes making up each season.

Explaining the idea behind the new series, Zalora Group CEO Gunjan Soni says: “As consumers continue to accelerate their migration to the online space, we have noticed the increasing demand for new forms of engagement. With consumers fatigued with Zoom and VCs over the last year of pandemic, audio is the refreshing new choice of medium. We are excited to tap on our guests’ diverse areas of expertise, and foster community-driven conversations about topics that are close to all of our hearts.”

A new episode of Zalora Talks will be available on Spotify every week.

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